About Us

Butterfly Conservation South Australia

Butterfly Conservation SA Inc. (BCSA) was formed in 1998 to promote conservation of butterflies and their habitat. Members receive regular newsletters, join excursions, attend the talks program, and take part in various projects relating to the conservation of invertebrates.

Images of butterfly life histories may be used for educational purposes however the photographer must be acknowledged.  As a courtesy please contact BCSA if you would like to use any of these images.

In 2020 Butterfly Conservation SA was confirmed as a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status. Donations of $2 or more to the Butterfly Conservation Fund are now tax-deductible.  

CLICK HERE to make a donation online or by EFT and a receipt will be emailed to you. 

Our Patron, Sophie Thomson

Sophie has been a member of our society and our patron for many years.

You can visit Sophie’s website here sophiespatch.com.au/home/aboutsophie/



Norman Wettenhall Foundation

Enhancing and maintaining the vitality and diversity of the Australian natural living environment.

‘We fund the conservation of Australia’s plants and animals. We like to fund small groups where our grants can make a big difference. Are you making a long term difference to the environment? If so, have a look at applying for a small environment grant.’ Elizabeth Mellick (Beth), Executive Director.

What Butterfly Conservation SA Inc. (BCSA) does

BCSA aims to conserve butterflies and moths, and their habitat, as part of the broader ecosystem. We understand that butterflies, moths and their caterpillars are an important food source for other animals, particularly birds.

BCSA does this in a number of ways:

  • Publishing books, posters, and other merchandise for sale to the public and supply to schools, as a means of generating interest in and knowledge of conservation.
  • Promoting the sound management of areas of ecological significance to butterflies, especially areas of remnant native vegetation.
  • Increasing public awareness of the importance and significance of invertebrate biodiversity and their part in the food cycle, through public information meetings and displays.
  • Fostering interest by various groups in the conservation of invertebrates especially butterflies and their habitats, and assisting them in this conservation. This includes government at all levels, voluntary and community groups, educational establishments and the public generally
  • Re-introducing butterfly food plants into areas where they previously existed, and thus facilitating recolonization of that area by butterflies.
  • Promoting and supporting research into the habits, diseases, life-cycles and factors affecting butterflies and the enhancement of their habitats, and disseminating the results of such research.

How we do it

Members receive regular newsletters, and can attend excursions to a butterfly habitats or become involved in different projects.

Projects range from

  • Conserving habitat at different locations
  • Providing advice to Friends of Parks and other conservation groups, and submissions to parliamentary enquiries
  • Giving talks to adult groups such as service groups and gardening clubs etc.
  • Presenting promotion stands at gardening expos and fairs.
  • Producing resources including books, posters and plant tags (buy online)
  • Supplying Butterfly Site signs to gardeners and those conserving butterfly habitat.

Get involved

Look up the Projects page to see if you are interested in any of the present conservation activities or can assist in any of these activities.

We can always do with help at our display stands at Gardening Expos and shows. It is fun and we would love to have your help.

Attend our public talks which have a variety of interesting speakers at the Plympton Community Centre.


Volunteering SA Member